2013–14 Watford F.C. season

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Watford Football Club is an English football club from Watford, Hertfordshire. They played in the 2013–14 Football League Championship, for the seventh consecutive season since relegation from the Premier League in 2006–07.[3] The manager was Giuseppe Sannino.

Watford
2013–14 season
ChairmanRaffaele Riva[1]
Head coachGianfranco Zola
(until 16 December 2013)
Giuseppe Sannino
(from 18 December 2013)
StadiumVicarage Road
Football League Championship13th (60 points)
FA CupFourth Round
(eliminated by Manchester City)
League CupThird Round
(eliminated by Norwich City)
Top goalscorerLeague: Troy Deeney (24)
All: Troy Deeney (25)
Highest home attendance16,625 v Queens Park Rangers, 29 December 2013
Lowest home attendance9,824 v Bournemouth, League Cup 2nd Round, 28 August 2013
Average home league attendance15,512[2]

BackgroundEdit

Gianfranco Zola replaced Sean Dyche as Watford manager at the end of the 2011–12 season following Sean Dyche's dismissal.[4] Following the takeover of Watford by the Pozzo family, Watford loaned a significant number of players on season-long deals from fellow Pozzo-owned clubs Udinese and Granada.[5] The use of a large number of loan players drew criticism from fellow managers,[6] who argued that a large number of loan players from a few clubs should not be allowed. However, despite the number of loanees at the club, Watford used the second-most academy players after Middlesbrough, using eight different academy players throughout the season.[7]

Pre-seasonEdit

Watford attended a pre-season training camp in northern Italy and played friendly fixtures before playing more fixtures in the UK[8][9]

7 July 2013 Val Venosta XI 0–5 Watford Malser Sportzone
16:00 Report Forestieri  
Pudil  
Deeney  
Stewart  
Assombalonga  
10 July 2013 South Tyrol XI 0–8 Watford Malser Sportzone
17:00 Faraoni  
Murray    
Assombalonga      
Mensah  
Anya  
20 July 2013 Stevenage 0–2 Watford Broadhall Way
15:00 Report Acuña   52'
Troy Deeney   58'
24 July 2013 Peterborough United 1–1 Watford London Road
19.30 Swanson   58' Deeney   60'
27 July 2013 Watford 2–0 Granada Vicarage Road
15.00 Fabbrini   38'
Anya   77'
Report Attendance: 4,963
30 July 2013 Boreham Wood 1–6 Watford Meadow Park
19.30 Simmonds   4' Report Mensah   9'
Ikpeazu   24'34'
Battocchio   55'
Geijo   58'88'
Attendance: 718

Football League ChampionshipEdit

3 August 2013 1 Birmingham City 0–1 Watford St Andrew's, Birmingham
15:00 Report Deeney   11' Attendance: 18,830
10 August 2013 2 Watford 6–1 Bournemouth Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Angella   13'53'
Deeney   56'88'90' (pen.)
McGugan   66'
Report Grabban   30' Attendance: 16,295
17 August 2013 3 Reading 3–3 Watford Madejski Stadium, Reading
15:00 Le Fondre   8'
Karacan   42'70'
Report Faraoni   66'
Deeney   76' (pen.)
Fabbrini   90'
Attendance: 20,875
25 August 2013 4 Watford 1–1 Nottingham Forest Vicarage Road, Watford
13:15 McGugan   54' Report Reid   6' Attendance: 16,242
31 August 2013 5 Blackpool 1–0 Watford Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
15:00 Ince   83' Report Attendance: 13,345
14 September 2013 6 Watford 1–1 Charlton Athletic Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Pudil   71' Report Kermorgant   47' (pen.) Attendance: 16,431
17 September 2013 7 Watford 2–1 Doncaster Rovers Vicarage Road, Watford
19:45 McGugan   13'87' (pen.) Report Brown   16' Attendance: 13,998
21 September 2013 8 Barnsley 1–5 Watford Oakwell, Barnsley
15:00 Scotland   14' Report Deeney   7'
Faraoni   18'
Forestieri   43'
Murray   69'
Anya   79'
Attendance: 9,850
28 September 2013 9 Watford 1–0 Wigan Athletic Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Battocchio   82' Report Attendance: 14,999
1 October 2013 10 Blackburn Rovers 1–0 Watford Ewood Park, Blackburn
19:45 Rhodes   65' Report Attendance: 12,981
5 October 2013 11 Huddersfield Town 1–2 Watford John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
15:00 Ward   17' Report Forestieri   18'
Pudil   43'
Attendance: 14,311
19 October 2013 12 Watford 2-3 Derby County Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Forestieri   12'
McGugan   68'
Report Ward   8'
Ward   45'
Sammon   8'
Attendance: 16,180
28 October 2013 13 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Watford Falmer Stadium, Brighton
20:00 Crofts   54' Report   4' Murray Attendance: 27,657
2 November 2013 14 Watford 0–3 Leicester City Vicarage Road, Watford
12:15 Forestieri   36'
Ekstrand   77'
Report Wood   10'
Knockaert   53',   53'
Dyer   86'
Attendance: 16,011 (1,561 away)
9 November 2013 15 Middlesbrough 2–2 Watford Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
15:00 Adomah   23'
Ayala   90+2'
Report Deeney   32'
Forestieri   73'
Attendance: 14,344
23 November 2013 16 Watford 0–1 Bolton Wanderers Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Report Beckford   27' Attendance: 15,247
30 November 2013 17 Watford 0–3 Yeovil Town Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Report Webster   45'
Miller   53'
Edwards   90'
Attendance: 15,263
3 December 2013 18 Burnley 0–0 Watford Turf Moor, Burnley
19:45 Report
7 December 2013 19 Leeds United 3–3 Watford Elland Road, Leeds
15:00 Pugh   50'
Smith   56'
McCormack   78'
Report Deeney   14'86'
Battocchio   45+1'
Attendance: 23,445
14 December 2013 20 Watford 0–1 Sheffield Wednesday Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Report Wickham   24',   70'
Roger Johnson   32'
Lee   67'
Hélan   83'
Attendance: 15,476
21 December 2013 21 Ipswich Town 1–1 Watford Portman Road, Ipswich
15:00 Smith   12'
McGoldrick   73' (pen)
Report Pudil   60'
Ekstrand   72'
Thorne   77'
Deeney   81'
Attendance: 16,385
26 December 2013 22 Watford 4–0 Millwall Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Deeney   10' (pen.)
Forestieri   26'
Anya   48'
McGugan   60' (pen.)
Report Attendance: 15,471
29 December 2013 23 Watford 0–0 Queens Park Rangers Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Angella   39'
Acuña   81'
Report Phillips   62'
Barton   66'
Attendance: 16,625
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
1 January 2014 Yeovil Town P–P Watford Huish Park, Yeovil
15:00 Postponed due to waterlogged pitch
11 January 2014 24 Watford 0–1 Reading Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Report Gorkšs   5'
18 January 2014 25 Bournemouth 1–1 Watford Dean Court, Bournemouth
15:00 Ritchie   12'
Grabban   62' (pen.)
Pitman   81'
Report Angella   45+2',   61'
Almunia   72'
Attendance: 10,353
25 January 2014 Game postponed (FA Cup) Watford P–P Birmingham City Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00
30 January 2014 26 Nottingham Forest 4–2 Watford City Ground, Nottingham
19:45 Cox   58'90',   90+1'
Henderson   73'
Mackie   82'
Report   33'47',   42', Angella
  36' Ekstrand
  80' Cassetti
Attendance: 18,510
1 February 2014 27 Watford 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Anya   13'
Forestieri   60'
Tőzsér   70'
Ekstrand   90+5'
Report Greer   79' Attendance: 16,096
8 February 2014 28 Leicester City 2–2 Watford King Power Stadium, Leicester
15:00 Konchesky   24'
James   43'
Drinkwater   90+4'
Report Forestieri   9',   84'
Tőzsér   22'
Murray   41'
Cassetti   74'
Attendance: 23,635
11 February 2014 29 Watford 1–0 Birmingham City Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Deeney   33'
Bellerín   84'
Forestieri   90+4'
Report Attendance: 13,904
15 February 2014 30 Watford 1–0 Middlesbrough Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Cassetti   37'
Deeney   50' (pen.)
Diakité   52'
Forestieri   58'
Report Gibson   35'   57'
Chalobah   58'
Attendance: 15,391
18 February 2014 31 Yeovil Town 0–0 Watford Huish Park, Yeovil
15:00 Webster   71'
Miller   90'
Report Cassetti   83' Attendance: 6,042
22 February 2014 32 Bolton Wanderers 2–0 Watford Reebok Stadium, Bolton
15:00 Medo   26'
Jutkiewicz   35'
Mason   45'
Report Ekstrand   56'
Angella   90+2'
Faraoni   90+6'
Attendance: 15,179
1 March 2014 33 Watford 4–0 Blackpool Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Ranégie   15'39'
Deeney   35'74'
Belkalem   79'
Report Basham   45' Attendance: 14,586
8 March 2014 Game postponed (FA Cup) Charlton Athletic P–P Watford The Valley, Charlton, London
15:00
11 March 2014 34 Doncaster Rovers 2–1 Watford Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster
19:45 Brown   24'
Keegan   71'
Coppinger   90'
Sharp   90+3'
Wellens   90+4'
Report Ranégie   19'
Angella   30'
Cassetti   49'
Tőzsér   62'
Anya   68'
Faraoni   90+5'
Attendance: 6,581
15 March 2014 35 Watford 3–0 Barnsley Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Battocchio   5'
Deeney   16'
Pudil   36'
Merkel   74'
Report Dawson   28'
Mellis   55'
Attendance: 14,531
22 March 2014 36 Wigan Athletic 2–1 Watford DW Stadium, Wigan
15:00 Beausejour   40'
Waghorn   57',   60'
Report McGugan   36'
Tőzsér   58'
Diakité   83'
Ekstrand   89'
Attendance: 14,556
25 March 2014 37 Watford 3–3 Blackburn Rovers Vicarage Road, Watford
19:45 Cassetti   4'
Deeney   71' (pen.)
Battocchio   88'
Angella   76'
Report Dunn   27'
Conway   64'
Gestede   90+3'
Evans   78'
Kane   85'
Kilgallon   90'
Attendance: 13,921
29 March 2014 38 Sheffield Wednesday 1–4 Watford Hillsborough, Sheffield
15:00 Afobe   54'
Lee   71'
Report Angella   5',   38'
McGugan   23'
Pudil   42'
Deeney   49'51'
Tőzsér   56'
Attendance: 22,057
5 April 2014 39 Watford 1–1 Burnley Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Deeney   8'
Faraoni   88'
Report Arfield   86' Attendance: 16,182
8 April 2014 40 Watford 3–0 Leeds United Vicarage Road, Watford
19:45 Abdi   9'
Cassetti   28'
Anya   32'
Deeney   66'
Report Wootton   49'
Hunt   61'
Attendance: 16,212
12 April 2014 41 Millwall 2–2 Watford The Den, South Bermondsey, London
15:07 Martin   26'
Morison   64'
Woolford   90',   90'
Report Riera   4'
McGugan   17',   37'
Abdi   86'
Murray   84'
Attendance: 10,851
19 April 2014 42 Watford 3–1 Ipswich Town Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Riera   21'
Angella   60',   63'
McGugan   65',   70'
Tőzsér   83'
Report Wordsworth   50' Attendance: 16,615
21 April 2014 43 Queens Park Rangers 2–1 Watford Loftus Road, Shepherd's Bush, London
15:00 Barton   76'
Austin   86',   90'
Report Ranégie   51',   58'
Riera   55'
Abdi   60'
Attendance: 16,951
26 April 2014 44 Derby County 4–2 Watford Pride Park, Derby
15:00 Hendrick   28'81'
Forsyth   60'
Martin   86'
Report Cassetti   4'   68'
Deeney   5',   90'
Riera   22'
Tőzsér   51'
Ranégie   70'
Attendance: 25,922
29 April 2014 45 Charlton Athletic 3–1 Watford The Valley, Charlton, London
19:45 Harriott   22'77'
Jackson   69'
Hughes   90'
Report Belkalem   45'
Deeney   60'
Riera   65'   79'
Ranégie   84'
Attendance: 15,815
3 May 2014 46 Watford 1–4 Huddersfield Town Vicarage Road, Watford
15:00 Hoban   42'
Tőzsér   64'
Angella   83'
Deeney   90+3' (pen.)
Report Deeney   5'
Ranégie   70'
Attendance: 15,370

Football League CupEdit

6 August 2013 Round 1 Bristol Rovers 1–3 Watford Memorial Ground
19:45 Richards   41' Report Murray   19'35'
Angella   30'
Attendance: 4,875
28 August 2013 Round 2 Watford 2-0 Bournemouth Vicarage Road
19:45 Ward   15' (o.g.)
Battocchio   66'
Report Attendance: 9,824
Round 3 Watford 2-3 after extra time Norwich Vicarage Road
19:45 Acuna   23'
Faraoni   55'
Report Murphy   77'
Hooper   90'115'
Attendance: 11,178

FA CupEdit

4 January 2013 Round 3 Bristol City 1-1 Watford Ashton Gate, Bristol
15:00 Emmanuel-Thomas   84' Report Murray   83' Attendance: 10,165
14 January 2013 Round 3 Replay Watford 2-0 Bristol City Vicarage Road, Watford
19:45 Faraoni   29'
McGugan   64'
Report Attendance: 7,302
25 January 2013 Round 4 Manchester City 4-2 Watford City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester
15:00 Džeko   10'
Agüero   60'79'90+2'
Kolarov   87'
Report Forestieri   21'
Deeney   30'
Pudil   48'
Cassetti   82'
Attendance: 46,514

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
11 Nottingham Forest 46 16 17 13 67 64 +3 65
12 Middlesbrough 46 16 16 14 62 50 +12 64
13 Watford 46 15 15 16 74 64 +10 60
14 Bolton Wanderers 46 14 17 15 59 60 −1 59
15 Leeds United 46 16 9 21 59 67 −8 57
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored

SummaryEdit

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
GroundAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHHAAHAHHHAAHAHHAAHAHAHHAHHAHAAH
ResultWWDDLDWWWLWLDLDLLDDLDWDLDLWDWWDLWLWLDWDWDWLLLL
Position91257865475777710101212131412131515161314131211121111111212111212131212131313
Updated to match(es) played on 3 May 2014. Source: BBC Sport
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

PlayersEdit

StatisticsEdit

Statistics correct as of game played 3 May 2014.[10]
Numbers in brackets indicate substitute appearances

2013–14 Watford player details[b]
No. Pos Name P G P G P G P G     Age Joined club Yth Notes
Championship FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
1 GK Manuel Almunia 37 0 1 0 0 0 38 0 1 0 36 2012 No
2 DF Reece Brown 0 (1) 0 0 0 2 0 2 (1) 0 0 0 22 2013 No
3 DF Héctor Bellerín 6 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 6 (2) 0 1 0 19 2013 No  
4 DF Gabriele Angella 39 (1) 7 3 0 1 (1) 1 43 (2) 8 11 1 25 2013 No
5 DF Essaïd Belkalem 5 (3) 0 0 0 2 0 7 (3) 0 4 0 25 2013 No  
6 DF Joel Ekstrand 31 (2) 0 3 0 3 0 37 (2) 0 11 0 25 2012 No
7 MF Cristian Battocchio 21 (14) 4 3 0 3 1 27 (14) 5 2 0 22 2012 No
8 MF Josh McEachran 5 (2) 0 0 0 1 0 6 (2) 0 0 0 21 2013 No  
8 MF Alexander Merkel 7 (4) 1 0 0 0 0 7 (4) 1 1 1 21 2014 No  
9 FW Troy Deeney 44 24 3 1 0 (1) 0 47 (1) 25 4 0 25 2010 No
10 MF Lewis McGugan 31 (3) 10 2 0 0 (1) 0 33 (4) 11 7 0 25 2013 No
11 FW Fernando Forestieri 19 (9) 7 2 1 1 (1) 0 22 (10) 8 8 0 24 2012 No
12 DF Lloyd Doyley 23 (1) 0 1 0 0 (1) 0 24 (2) 0 1 0 31 2001 Yes
13 FW Mathias Ranégie 8 (2) 4 0 0 0 0 8 (2) 4 2 1 29 2014 No
15 FW Javier Acuña 3 (6) 0 0 0 3 1 6 (6) 1 2 0 25 2013 No
15 MF Albert Riera 6 (2) 1 0 0 0 0 6 (2) 1 3 1 32 2014 No
16 MF Sean Murray 22 (12) 3 2 1 3 2 27 (12) 6 2 0 19 2010 Yes
17 DF Fitz Hall 3 (2) 0 1 0 0 0 4 (2) 0 0 0 33 2013 No
18 DF Daniel Pudil 29 (8) 2 1 (1) 0 3 0 33 (9) 2 7 0 28 2012 No
19 DF Marco Faraoni 26 (12) 2 1 0 3 1 31 (12) 4 9 0 22 2013 No
20 FW Diego Fabbrini 8 (13) 1 1 (1) 0 2 0 11 (14) 1 2 0 23 2013 No
20 FW Park Chu-young 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 26 2014 No  
21 MF Ikechi Anya 29 (6) 5 2 0 0 (1) 0 31 (7) 5 0 0 26 2012 No
22 MF Almen Abdi 9 (4) 2 0 (2) 0 0 (1) 0 9 (7) 2 2 0 27 2012 No
23 MF Iriney 12 (3) 0 2 0 0 0 14 (3) 0 4 0 33 2013 No
23 MF Samba Diakité 1 (5) 0 0 0 0 0 1 (5) 0 1 1 25 2014 No  
25 FW Uche Ikpeazu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 2013 No
26 FW Bernard Mensah 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 2011 Yes
27 DF Marco Cassetti 32 (3) 1 1 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 34 (5) 1 10 1 36 2012 No
28 MF Connor Smith 1 0 0 (1) 0 2 (1) 0 3 (2) 0 1 0 21 2011 Yes
28 MF Dániel Tőzsér 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 8 0 28 2014 Yes  
29 MF George Thorne 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 1 0 21 2013 No  
29 DF Lucas Neill 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 36 2014 No -
30 GK Jonathan Bond 9 (1) 0 2 0 3 0 14 (1) 0 0 0 20 2010 Yes
31 DF Tommie Hoban 5 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 5 (2) 0 1 0 20 2011 Yes
32 MF Luke O'Nien 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 19 2013 Yes
33 DF Nyron Nosworthy 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 33 2011 No
36 FW Alex Jakubiak 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 17 2010 Yes
37 DF Josh Doherty 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 18 2012 Yes
MF Ross Jenkins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 2008 Yes
DF Adam Thompson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 2010 Yes

TransfersEdit

updates as 20 September 2013

InEdit

Date Player From Fee
1 July 2013 Uche Ikpeazu Reading Free[11]
2 July 2013 Lewis McGugan Nottingham Forest Free[12]
19 July 2013 Daniel Pudil Granada Free[13]
19 July 2013 Marco Cassetti Udinese Free[13]
19 July 2013 Cristian Battocchio Udinese Free[13]
19 July 2013 Almen Abdi Udinese Free[13]
19 July 2013 Diego Fabbrini Udinese Free[13]
19 July 2013 Gabriele Angella Udinese Free[13]
19 July 2013 Javier Acuña Udinese Free[13]
19 July 2013 Marco Faraoni Udinese Free[13]
22 July 2013 Ikechi Anya Granada Free[14]
22 July 2013 Reece Brown Manchester United Free[14]
24 July 2013 Joel Ekstrand Udinese Free[15]
25 July 2013 Iriney Granada Free[15]
3 January 2014 Mathias Ranegie Udinese Free[16]
24 February 2014 Lucas Neill Unattached Free[17]

OutEdit

At the end of the 2012–13 season, the club announced that seven players would be released at the end of their contracts, alongside Chris Iwelumo, who had already agreed to join Scunthorpe United.[18] After being released by the club, Jack Bonham signed for Brentford,[19] Stephen McGinn signed for Sheffield United[20] and Mark Yeates signed for Bradford City.[21]

Date Player To Fee
3 June 2013 Chris Iwelumo Scunthorpe United Free[18]
7 June 2013 Jack Bonham Brentford Free[18]
7 June 2013 Mark Yeates Bradford City Released[18]
7 June 2013 Prince Buaben - Released[18]
7 June 2013 Stephen McGinn Sheffield United Free[18]
7 June 2013 Piero Mingoia Accrington Stanley Released[18]
7 June 2013 Aaron Tumwa - Released[18]
7 June 2013 Stephan Hamilton-Forbes - Released[18]
1 July 2013 Craig Forsyth Derby County Undisclosed[22]
2 July 2013 John Eustace Derby County Free[23]
20 July 2013 Lee Hodson Milton Keynes Dons Free[24]
24 July 2013 Carl Dickinson Port Vale Mutual Termination[25]
29 July 2013 Jonathan Hogg Huddersfield Town £400k[26]
31 July 2013 Britt Assombalonga Peterborough United £1.3M[27]
9 January 2014 Adam Thompson Southend United Undisclosed[28]

LoansEdit

updates as 20 September 2013

InEdit

Start Player Parent club End
12 August 2013 Essaïd Belkalem Granada 30 June 2014[29]
20 September 2013 Josh McEachran Chelsea 2 January 2014[30]
6 November 2013 George Thorne West Bromwich Albion 2 January 2014[31]
22 November 2013 Héctor Bellerín Arsenal 18 February 2014[32][33][34]
3 January 2014 Alexander Merkel Udinese 30 June 2014[16]
29 January 2014 Dániel Tőzsér Genoa 30 June 2014[35]
31 January 2014 Samba Diakité QPR 30 June 2014[36]
31 January 2014 Park Chu-young Arsenal 30 June 2014[37]

OutEdit

Start Player To Loan End Date
9 August 2013 Adam Thompson Southend United 4 January 2014[38]

InternationalEdit

On 14 August 2013, Cristian Battocchio made his Italian Under-21 debut in a 4–1 friendly win over Slovakia.[39]